The Dreaded Brick Wall. What to do next?

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 28, 2014 in Site, Family Trees, Research Helps, Searching for Records, United Kingdom

The Dreaded Brick Wall   How can I get past a brick wall? When you run across a brick wall in your research, what do you do? You may be tempted to send your laptop on an expedition out of the first floor window, and who could blame you? A brick wall can be incredibly frustrating.… Read more

Welcome to the Palmetto State: South Carolina State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 2, 2014 in Research Helps

South Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies; it was the first state to secede from the Union and one of the first to rejoin the Union. First explored in the 1500s by the Spanish and French it was also later settled by the English, Dutch and Scots-Irish. Charles Town, first settled in 1680… Read more

6 Resolutions to Get Your Family History on Track in 2014

Posted by Juliana Szucs on January 3, 2014 in Site, Juliana's Corner, Research, Research Helps

As we enter a new year, there’s always a degree of uncertainty as to what lies ahead.  Resolutions really give you a chance to grab the wheel and chart a course that can help you for the better. When you take control and set goals, good things happen. Here are a few of the family… Read more

Is Your Family History Safe from Disaster?

Posted by Juliana Szucs on November 18, 2013 in Juliana's Corner, Research Helps

As a life-long Midwesterner, I know that when the weatherman puts you in a high-risk zone for dangerous weather, you pay attention. It’s gonna get ugly. So yesterday morning when I woke to that big red high-risk bubble over Illinois and Indiana, I knew we had to hit the ground running. The little closet in… Read more

Major Milestones in Family History

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 10, 2013 in Site, Collections, Content, Family History Month, Research Helps

This month we are celebrating Family History Month. I hope you have enjoyed the tips, tricks and insider secrets we’ve been sharing here on the blog, on our Livestream broadcasts, and on our Facebook page. Look forward to even more genealogy goodness as the month continues. In the midst of all this celebrating, I thought… Read more

Tips for Translating Records

Posted by Juliana Szucs on September 11, 2013 in Research, Research Helps

Your family tree has roots beyond America’s shores. For many of us, crossing the pond with our research can mean language challenges, but with a little help, it’s possible to make sense of foreign records.  It’s just a matter of using clues and translation tools to puzzle things out. And who doesn’t like a good… Read more

Genealogy Education in 140 or Less

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 24, 2013 in Research Helps, Social Media

Every ten days or so I head on over to to host a genealogy conversation 140 characters at a time. I usually hang out there for an hour and a half or so, answering questions about a whole variety of topics – research methodologies, how to search effectively, where to find records for a… Read more

Six Ways to Jump Start Your Family History Research

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 24, 2013 in Site, Family Trees, Research Helps, Searching for Records, Social Media

Are you brand new to genealogy and not quite sure where to start? Maybe you’ve been doing this for a while and need some inspiration to help you break through that long standing brick wall. As we head into the long weekend, I plan on spending a little time working on my own family history… Read more

Lessons in Genealogy Collaboration

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 13, 2013 in Site, Family Trees, Member Connect, Research Helps

I got an Message today from a woman related to a man in my family tree.  In her research she had come to a conclusion regarding the identity of his wife that was different from mine. . When was the last time you read and responded to your messages? . Of course, my… Read more

Discovering True Love

Posted by Juliana Szucs on February 4, 2013 in Site, Juliana's Corner, Research Helps, Searching for Records, Stories

There’s a story behind that marriage date. But unless the tale has been passed down through family lore or you’re the proud owner of a collection of torrid love letters, you’re never going to get it, right? Don’t give up so easily. Turns out that story of true love could be hiding in a yearbook… Read more